New Xbox One videos show the Snap and personalization features

We are now less than 10 days away from the launch of the Xbox One and today Microsoft offers up two more videos that show what their upcoming next-gen console can do. One of the clips showcases the pretty impressive Snap feature which lets Xbox One owners do two things at once.

The clip shows Microsoft's Xbox marketing head Yusuf Mehdi playing "Forza Motorsport 5" and in the middle of his race he says, "Xbox, show activity feed". The feed of his Xbox One friends quickly pops up to the right side of the screen while the game is still running. Other Snap activities shown in the video include bringing up Internet Explorer and watching TV, again while still playing "Forza Motorsport 5".

The other new clip shows Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb chatting with Xbox team members Emily Yang and Zach Gutt about some of the other features on the Xbox One. The video shows how the console can be set up so that when the owner walks into a room, the Kinect sensor can "see" that person and say, "Welcome back, John" or whomever is there. It also shows how the Xbox One dashboard for each users can be personalized with pinned apps, TV shows, movies and games.

Update: It looks like Microsoft has made the personalization video private for some reason

Source: Xbox on YouTube

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I think parts look really good although the activity hub looks a step backwards and seems like a messier way of displaying the friends list. In the last video it took ages to load too. I also am not sure why they didn't put in a low power arm chip to handle the multitasking side of things. That would allow them to integrate windows rt and phone as well as ensuring more resources were available for developers.

I think the snap feature is going to be epic for a group of gamers.. think about people playing and your buddy can watch a show at the same time.. nothing worse then a boring part of a game and everyone has to watch with nothing else.

How does the personalization work with Xbox Live accounts. Does each person need to have a separate Live account. In my house hold I only have one account, that Me and my son use. So if we want to personalize it to each other.. It looks like you have to have separate Live accounts..

Also how does the 'pause' feature work when you are playing multiplayer games.

Everyone gets their own personalized account, but only one account on the XBOX One needs Gold for everyone that uses that console to have access to Gold benefits (which is why MS got rid of the Family Pack). Of course, if you log in to another console, your Gold subscription moves with you until you log back in to the original one.

So in other words, you can continue to pay Gold on only one account, but both you and your son will get the benefits of Gold on both accounts (personalization, your own achievements, online play, apps, etc).

I'd rather have all that reserved power thats used for snapped apps/multitasking just going towards games. 10% of the GPU is already reserved for Kinect, then you have 1 or 2 CPU cores reserved for this multitasking stuff. I'd rather have games use all of the systems power, or atleast let devs choose to have that option.

NoClipMode said,
I'd rather have all that reserved power thats used for snapped apps/multitasking just going towards games. 10% of the GPU is already reserved for Kinect, then you have 1 or 2 CPU cores reserved for this multitasking stuff. I'd rather have games use all of the systems power, or atleast let devs choose to have that option.

Hmmm, that completely undermines the multitasking nature of the Xbox One...

NoClipMode said,
I'd rather have all that reserved power thats used for snapped apps/multitasking just going towards games. 10% of the GPU is already reserved for Kinect, then you have 1 or 2 CPU cores reserved for this multitasking stuff. I'd rather have games use all of the systems power, or atleast let devs choose to have that option.

The 10% is a safe bet to start with to make sure everything is smooth and there's no lag, it's also not all for Kinect, don't know where that was said specifically. The 10% GPU is for any apps etc and MS has already said that they're constantly working on tweaking things so that should change with time. A year from now that reserved amount could be 5% for all we know.

Why? From what we have seen so far there doesnt really seem to be much of any performance gap with it and ps4. People say OH 1080p on COD for ps4 and 720p on XO but its pretty much been proving the last 2 days that the XO version is the clear winner for multiplayer which all that game is anyways because the ps4 slows down to much.

cristian_x3 said,
I want this cool snapview in winddows 8.2 please.....

You have the snap in your Windows 8.x ... You can have 2 or 3 apps at once depends on the device/resolution. If you can't get any app snapped to it, then your device isn't supported.

shozilla said,

You have the snap in your Windows 8.x ... You can have 2 or 3 apps at once depends on the device/resolution. If you can't get any app snapped to it, then your device isn't supported.


You can actually snap more then 3 if you hve a wider monitor

The Suspend/Resume feature might by my favorite Next Gen feature. I rarely get to finish a level or chapter before being called to do something else and having to reload the game after each shutdown in the current generation makes that a huge nuisance.

Agreed. This feature is great for busy bodies that don't have time to spend more that 20 minutes without being called away. Having 2 year old twins doesn't help nowadays.

I wonder if the Kinect will tell the difference between me and my brother.
The UI does look good on the xbox one and im liking their unification efforts.

deadonthefloor said,

As long as you're not identical twins, yes.

To switch dash content, it's "Xbox; show my stuff".


Kinect can look so precisely it should be able to differentiate twins. This, ofcourse, has yet to be proven in real world scenarios... But it's what I'e been told and read.

Jarrichvdv said,

Kinect can look so precisely it should be able to differentiate twins. This, ofcourse, has yet to be proven in real world scenarios... But it's what I'e been told and read.

Lol interesting.

neonspark said,
this would have been awesome if they had made an SDK and App Store for ANYBODY to make apps for it.

And what? Make the same mistakes Google made with the iMessage Chat App?

neonspark said,
this would have been awesome if they had made an SDK and appstore for ANYBODY to make apps for it.

During the Microsoft BUILD conference in late June, they did get asked on whether 3rd party application support could be developed for the XBox One. At the time, they said that anyone who currently is developing Windows Store applications for Windows 8 should be able to target the XBox One platform as well without much issue. I definitely think they'll expand the App Store to target the XBox One sometime soon, after they've merged the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 stores into one.

neonspark said,
this would have been awesome if they had made an SDK and appstore for ANYBODY to make apps for it.

They are, they have already said that. You will debug directly to the Xbox One using Visual Studio. Not sure the exact date but they referenced early 2014.

dbam987 said,

During the Microsoft BUILD conference in late June, they did get asked on whether 3rd party application support could be developed for the XBox One. At the time, they said that anyone who currently is developing Windows Store applications for Windows 8 should be able to target the XBox One platform as well without much issue. I definitely think they'll expand the App Store to target the XBox One sometime soon, after they've merged the Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 stores into one.

Correct.